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Romani mythology is the myth, folklore, religion, traditions, and legends of the Romani people (also known as Gypsies). The Romanies are a nomadic culture which originated in India during the Middle Ages. They migrated widely, particularly to Europe. Some legends (particularly from non-Romani peoples) say that certain Romanies are said to have passive psychic powers such as, empathy, precognition, retrocognition, or psychometry. Other legends include the ability to levitate, travel through astral projection by way of meditation, invoke curses or blessings, conjure/channel spirits, and skill with illusion-casting.
The Romani originated in India. According to mythology, the country was going through a social restructuring and adopting the strict social hierarchy system of [ castes. Various groups were not included in these newly formed castes for political and religious reasons, and left at the bottom of the caste system. Three groups made up the majority of the casteless: Thieves, musicians/actors (historically performing arts have had a negative social connotation; take a look at eastern theatre's history, for example), and magicians whose magic was deemed 'heretical' by the local religion. With life in their once native land now unbearable, these casteless people grouped together forming bands which migrated originally to the west.
Romani folklore topics
- Arnold Paole
- The Creation of the Violin
- Fedor and the Fairy (Gypsy), from A Book of Charms and Changelings
- The Foam Maiden, from A Book of Sorceres and Spells
- Fortune teller
- Gitto Bach
- The Golden Stag
- Jack and His Golden Snuff-Box
- The King of England and his Three Sons
- The Little Bull-Calf
- O Del
- The Red King and the Witch
- Saint Sarah
- Spirit Invocation
- Trushul: The Romany word for "cross". It is likely from Trishul, Shiva's trident.
- Vampire pumpkins and melons
- The Yellow Dragon
- ↑ Baldpate at Gypsy Folk Tales, by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899, at sacred-texts.com
- ↑ The Creation of the Violin at Gypsy Folk Tales, by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899, at sacred-texts.com
- ↑ Gypsy Folk Tales, by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899, at sacred-texts.com
- ↑ The Yellow Dragon, Fairrosa Cyber Library for Children
- ↑ The Gypsy Fiddle: and Other Tales Told by the Gypsies - by John Hampden, World Publishing Company: New York, 1969
- Gypsy Folk Tales by Francis Hindes Groome , at Sacred Texts.com
- Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling by Charles Godfrey Leland , at Sacred Texts.com
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